5 Things You Did Not Know About Tarrus Riley
This week we caught up with Tarrus Riley as he prepares to perform at Sting 2014 in Jamaica. Think you know everything about the singer of the new lovers reggae rock anthem song, "She is Royal"? Do you know what Tarrus would be if he was not a singer? Find the answer to this question and more as we ask Tarrus Riley 5 interesting questions.
A Conversation with Austria based Jamaican-born dancehall artiste, Miss Str8
This week we have a conversation with Jamaican-born dancehall artiste Miss Str8, who is based out of Austria. Miss Str8, whose given name is Sanchia Lingard, migrated to Austria in 2004. We recently sat down with Miss Str8 as she prepared for her Sting 2014 debut.
5 Things You Did Not Know About Wayne Wonder
We recently caught up with Wayne Wonder, international reggae lovers rock singer. Born Von Wayne Charles in Buff Bay, Portland, Wayne began singing at Sunday school and started to write songs at the age of 13. His major career break came when he became one of the performing singers with the sound system Metro Media in Allman Town, Jamaica. He recorded his first single, "Long and Lasting Love", in 1985 and achieved worldwide success with the hit song "No Letting Go" in 2003. One of the hardest working reggae artist he is constantly on tour while working on his new album “Sweet Songs
”. Here are 5 things you did not know about Wayne Wonder.
Freedom Fighter Kristine Alicia goes LIVE! - Review
Florida-based artiste Kristine Alicia is no foreigner to music and Kingston’s Redbones Blues Café audience would discover just that on November 1, when the singer/songwriter presented Kristine Alicia LIVE
, her first full feature performance in Jamaica to launch her new single, Freedom Fighter.
Apollo Slates One Love! Bob Marley Tribute Concert
One year before the untimely May 11, 1981 passing of reggae superstar Bob Marley, on Sept. 19, 1980 the Rastafarian musician opened for the first of a two-night concert with rhythm & blues legends The Commodores at Madison Square Garden and many of his fans have not stopped talking about what transpired that evening.
Top 10 Scariest Reggae Songs of All time
What reggae songs scare you? We put together a list of scary reggae tunes about duppies (Jamaican for Ghosts) and vampires. These songs are infectious lyrically as they talk about scary spirits and characters. These great artist show their inventiveness in these songs. Be sure to add your scary reggae songs to this list.
5 Things You Did Not Know About Protoje
We caught up with Protoje who will be performing this week in St. Petersburg & Miami, Florida. The contemporary reggae singer and songwriter have emerged as one of Jamaica’s leading musical ambassadors with the resurgence
of conscious reggae. Here are 5 things you did not know about Protoje.
Top Ten Reggae Dancehall Male Singers
This list is compiled to reflect male dancehall singers who have come to prominence in dancehall music since 2000. Their songs have dominated the dancehall scene. The special mention list singer from another decade whose past and current songs continue to be the most played and influential . You the viewing public will get to choose those you think are ten best new reggae dancehall artists since 2000. Add your comments and enlarge this list.
Review: Great Vibes At Richie Stephens Album Launch
Great Vibes At Richie Stephens Album Launch Reggae artist Richie Stephens performed live to launch his album “Real Reggae Music”, which features 14 songs. Stephens performed songs from the new album showcasing his experience and versatility as a seasoned reggae musician, compelling the audience to shout out their appreciation.
Review: Reggae Jam Germany – Cool since 1994
So there may have been a couple new perks added like a 38m Ferris wheel and an app developed exclusively for this year’s festival but Reggae Jam 2014 however still remained cool. Yes, cool, cool in a way that only Reggae Jam has managed to seamlessly pull off for twenty years now in a row and cool in a way to have a cult following of festival goers who make the yearly pilgrimage to this tiny little town, almost in the middle of nowhere. The 20th anniversary of Reggae Jam in picturesque Bersenbrück went off last weekend with very few glitches
A Conversation with the lyrical Jamaican Music Artist, Royal Blu
Sean-Michael Francis, more popularly known as Royal Blu (Formally known as Blukid), is a new face on the Jamaican music scene. His style and lyrical delivery is taking Jamaica. As an artiste, Blu has ventured in many styles of music. He began his journey with hardcore lyrics which reflected the culture of Jamaican dancehall at that time. However, now his philosophy on life has changed and he has developed a more conscious and realistic approach to his music. His music today is a fusion of different musical influences and sounds. Here is our conversation with Royal Blu.
Conversation with Italian reggae, Train to Roots
The Sardinian band, Train to Roots, is one of the most respected Italian reggae bands and has recorded 4 albums since their debut in 2004. Here is our conversation with Train to Roots.
Review: Groovin' On A Sunday Afternoon - Marcia Griffiths and Friends, Chronixx and Beres Hammond
‘Groovin' in the Park’ formerly Reggae Rhythm and Blues, made a statement seeking to replace Irie Jamboree, the largest music/reggae music festival held at Roy Wilkins Park in New York City. Weather-wise the 4th staging of ‘Groovin' in the Park’ was perfect day. Groovin’ featured an impressive array of talent, taken from superb blend of Jamaican music history. It was the best of the past and present with main attraction Australian pop duo Air Supply. ‘Groovin' near capacity crowd was treated to a memorable family event of entertainment.
Tessanne “Count on My Love” Low CD sales, is it too early to Panic?
The enthusiastic euphoria surrounding Tessanne Chin success as season five winner of the “Voice” seems have lost its momentum. As the headline “Tessanne Chin’s “Count on My Love” Album Pacing to Flop” appeared as the official report of her debut album sales, in Herdline Report, many are wondering what happen. The initial CD sales are disappointing to say the least. Count On My Love sold 6623 copies in its first week of release, with 4986 copies sold digital to place the album at No. 20 on the Billboard digital chart.
Review: Summerjam 2014 in Cologne, Germany Last weekend kicked off the Reggae summer festival season in Germany and most of Europe, against the wonderful backdrop of Fühlinger Lake, Cologne, Germany. The Line-Up was more diverse than ever before - with a delicate balanced mix of classic reggae acts, modern Hip Hop and Dancehall. Reggae greats like Jimmy Cliff, Anthony B and Johnny Osbourne rocked the same stage as known and unknown reggae artists from around the globe. The festival appeared to be ready for the same kind of success and crazy summer young and free vibes as previous years, notably last year with perfect Jamaican type weather…..but that was the one thing that the very capable organizers could not have prevented.
Time to share the love, get ready for SUMMERJAM 2014 - Germany
The Germans have had an obsession with reggae music since the 70′s. So, it should come as no surprise that Germany hosts quite a few reggae festivals throughout the year, but none of them compare to SUMMERJAM. For almost three decades now, Europe’s biggest Reggae Dancehall and World Music festival brings the Caribbean to Germany´s Fühlinger See in Cologne. Held on an Island (how cool is that coincidence), with two different main stages and a dancehall and roots rock reggae areas, more than 30,000 fans from all over the world make their reggae pilgrimage to Fühlinger Lake for their yearly reggae fix.
The 10 Best New Reggae Artists Of The Last Ten Years
I have posting the top ten or fifteen best in many different categories in Jamaican music. This week I want to be interactive, so I will step aside and let your voice be heard. You the viewing public will get to choose those you think are ten best new reggae artists of the last ten years. Add your comments and enlarge this list.
Best of the Best Miami 2014 Concert Review
Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer in the USA and on Memorial Sunday 2014, downtown Miami truly was HOT! The area was swarmed by thousands of party goers from out of town, down for Urban Beach Weekend on South Beach. They, along with South Florida reggae and soca aficionados, packed Bayfront Park where a huge stage with an even bigger screen in back, held some of the great talents of the day.
20 Questions for rising Reggae artiste Jah Bouks
Jah Bouks was born Warin Shaw in Winchester, St.Thomas Jamaica. Last summer 2013, he recorded what probably was the biggest tune of the year “ANGOLA”.
A Conversation with Jamaican singer, Gabriella Reno
Gabriella Reno is the singer in the duo Gabriella Reno and Samuele Vivian. Her acoustic sound defies genre as elements of soul, folk, indie and reggae can be found in her sweet smoky songs. Creating a sound which is truly unique.Her emotional delivery of songs, lyrics and musicality connects easily with any crowd, whom often find themselves singing along even if they have never heard the songs before. In the summer of 2013 she toured Europe playing in clubs and jazz bars. She recently opened for Toni Braxton and Chrisette Michele at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues festival. She is Tallawah Magazine’s girl of the moment and described by the Gleaner Jamaica as “Jamaica’s indie Princess”. She is currently working on her first album with Samuele Vivian and getting ready for another European tour. Her album named ‘As the Sea’ is influenced by her childhood beach goings on the island of Jamaica. These words for her are a metaphor of life, which is unpredictable and constantly moving ‘As the Sea’. Here is our conversation with Gabriella.
Kartel, True Genius Gone Awry?
Vybz Kartel, the world famous Jamaican dancehall artist, songwriter and businessman whose singles "Clarks", "Romping Shop", "Poor People", "Tell You Say", "Like Christmas" and "Pon De Floor"
propelled him to international fame, notoriety, wealth is now a convicted murderer. Civil society in Jamaica had prepare for public backlash.
Top 15 Reggae Protest Songs
Reggae songs are lyrical poetry of "Rebellion". Picking a top 15 Jamaican/Reggae Protest songs was difficult because of the many great songs that fall in this category. As the world first purely rebel protest music Jamaican music and social protest is an ingrained in the country’s history. Check out my picks and let us know which Jamaican/Reggae Protest Songs you think are missing from this list?
VIDEO: An Interview with Tessanne Chin on Life After The Voice
Calibe Thompson of Jamaicans.com sat with Tessanne Chin before her February benefit performance for Food for the Poor. We learned about her new life, how she's dealing with celebrity, the strength of her support system and the music she plans to share with this whole new world.
Top 20 Most Romantic Reggae Songs
Picking the Top Ten Most Romantic Reggae songs proved an almost impossible because there were so many great songs left out I had to create a category of songs for special mention. Which Romantic Reggae Songs do you think is missing from this list? We want to hear from you!
Here Comes the King – a Daughter's Tribute
Marla Brown is the youngest daughter of legendary reggae singer Dennis “Crown Prince” Brown. Born in London to Dennis and wife Yvonne, she has four siblings who share their father's initials - 'D. Brown' – Dinah, Daniel, Dennis and Deborah – the latter two use their middle names Jason and Marla professionally. Dennis spent a great deal of time in London, crafting some of his best works there and nurturing his young family.
VIDEO: Tessanne Chin Exclusive World Premiere on Jamaicans.com!!
Watch the the Jamaicans.com world premiere exclusive - "Evening Time" featuring Tessanne Chin and Calibe. And watch the Weekly News Roundup and the Weekly Entertainment Roundup for more on this special event!
Top Ten Female Jamaican/Reggae Singers
This category was far and away the most difficult to list. Because of the limited amount of female singer I included Grace Jones and sing DJ Patra. Female singers in reggae have for decades had hits songs. Many female singers for variety of reasons, including rampant sexism, deliberate neglect motherhood, have been forced many to out of the music business. Over the last 4 decades female singers have not been able to become consistent hit makers like their male counterparts.
VIDEO: Remembering Bunny Rugs - The Voice of Third World
On February 2nd, 2014, the world lost a remarkable Jamaican treasure, the voice of Bunny Rugs. He was not just a penomenal vocal presence, he was also a bright, funny, warm-hearted man with a loving family, steadfast friends and legions of adoring fans. In 2013, Third World celebrated 40 years as a band, and Calibe had the esteemed privilege of spending a sunny evening with them, soaking in their brotherhood, listening to the sweet sounds of their harmonies, and basking in the brilliance of Bunny's voice.
Bunny - May your voice ring on in our ears, may your music live on in our hearts. Rest well, dear friend. You will be missed.
Jamaica's Blue Mountains to come alive with Music Festival on February 22-23
Between February 22 and 23 the mountains of Holywell will come alive with the beats of authentic Jamaican music, and the crafts of Jamaican artists. The inaugural Blue Mountain Music Festival, promoted by Annubis is set to be staged by Bombrush Records in collaboration with the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust (JCDT).
Miss Chinita is in South Florida y’all!! - Tessanne Chin
The fantabulous Tessanne Chin has proved herself to not just be talented, beautiful and gracious; she’s now gone and become a philanthropist on top of it! In our one on one interview with her, we asked what she intends to do with this new international platform she’s secured for herself… other than sing her heart out. In true diva fashion, she said
Top 10 Reggae & Dancehall One-Hit Wonders
The term “One-hit wonder” is usually seen as insult; however that should not the case when it comes to these artists. Many of the artists on this list paved the way for innovative changes to reggae and dancehall. It is also best to have one big hit than no hits at all as that one hit can make a great impact. The following are our reggae and dancehall top 10 “One-hit wonders”. Which songs do you think are missing from this list? We want to hear from you! Tell us by leaving a comment below.
Honour-Rebel Salute at Richmond Estate, St Ann in 2014 Patrons who ventured unto the Richmond Estate from January 17-19, and even braved the few occasional morning showers, were treated to the masterfully crafted REBEL SALUTE event of 2014, by approximately 50 performers.
Top Twelve Bob Marley Songs
The list of hits or simply great songs by Bob Marley is copious and revered. Therefore choosing, what I consider Marley’s twelve best songs, is for me one steeped in his identity as the music influential artist of the last half of the 20th century and my sentimental popular hits. So readers please feel free to comment on my picks
Top 10 Jamaican Male Reggae/Rocksteady Singers - Guess who is not on the list?
Jamaican five decades music history Ska, Rock Steady and Reggae produced many great male vocalists. Scanning the kaleidoscope of the nation’s music landscape to find the ten best male vocalists is, at best challenging. These are my selections/picks.